Part 1: First order of business after booking your flight is deciding on the type of accommodations that fits your needs, wants and wallet. Everything is either ocean front with absolutely magnificent views or within walking distance of the beach. This place is a plethora of Hotels, B&B, Boutique Hotels and even a few economy hotels tossed or so they say. The section ranges from world-class name brands and local luxury boutique hotels to cool older Art Deco buildings buzzing with activity and a Miami vibe and even a the occasional quiet romantic getaways. We went for the modern versus contemporary, glass and steel versus Art Deco, open spaces versus intimacy and the ability to capitalize on my ever depleting stock pile of points.
We are at the W South Beach, one of the newest location in this self-proclaimed oasis on the beach in heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife, restaurants mecca and not far from all of the fun and excitement, but a little too close to a shopping opportunities for my comfort!
Part 2: Reservations – Seeing how our daily plan is to wake up to breakfast in some cool hip café on the boardwalk, hit the beach for some sun and indulge in lunch and cocktails, back to the beach, more cocktails followed by dinner before hitting a club or the pillow! I only needed to work on educating myself on the current nightlife scene, the hot clubs on Saturday and Sunday night and the best ways to cut the line and receive VIP treatment. Other than that, the only thing left was dinner and massage reservations. We have our name at a half-dozen different restaurants at different times attempting to cover our mood and any cuisine craving a day of doing nothing might bring on.
Part 3: Financing the ultimate Miami Beach weekend lifestyle. This might all sound obscenely materialist and shallow, but trust me it is also a hell of a lot of fun when thing work out and you do not have to pay for your hotel and flights! It only takes a little advance planning…
The two big cost to any trip are your flights and hotel, both can make or break your vacation. A crappy seat back by the bathroom, a old hotel room off the beaten path without taxi service or overlooking the parking lot or dumpster, versus the beach view and the smell of salt air all can make a big difference in a short weekend getaway.
Flights to Miami from Boston on American Airlines (AA) for example are only 48,000 frequent flyer miles. I received a flyer in the mail for a Bank AA Visa card promising 50,000 AA mile if you only spent $750 in the first 4 months and all this with no first year fee – If you only spend $100 at the grocery store a week in just 2 months you have two free flight. It’s that simple – Then simply call and cancel your visa card. I have actually known a person who did this 4 time in one year if you can believe the nerve of some people taking advantage of a big bank like that? Same deal with the hotel. For example Starwood of Weston and Sheraton fame offer a 25,000 points Amex card with no first year fee. It is as simple as using your new card to purchasing gas for your car for a few months and then you sleeping in a 5 star hotel for free.
Can we count on you for the next getaway???